Esittely Introduction

Jules Massenet

Croatian National Theatre Ivan Pl. Zajc Rijeka
European Capital of Culture 2020

The opera house of the European Capital of Culture is bringing a real gem to Savonlinna this summer. Jules Massenet's Werther is a delicate, lyrical opera that simmers with late 19th century sensuality.

The team behind the production is sure to impress. Director Fabrizio Melano devoured opera librettos since he was 10 years of age, abandoned his university career for opera, worked for New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 30 seasons and has directed singers from Callas to Scotto, Pavarotti and Domingo. (Not to mention that he founded the Japanese restaurant Cho Cho San in Manhattan, which was famed for its Puccini sushi.) He delivers a slick and minimalist interpretation of Werther.

Conductor Yordan Kamdzhalov won the Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in 2009. He also has a second connection to Finland, his mentor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Kamdzhalov is a visionary artist who shakes things up and avoids clichés to bring about change. An astronomy aficionado with a broad perspective on the world, he’s had asteroid 52292 named after him by NASA.

The director Melano has discovered Slovenian Aljaž Farasin for the role of Werther. The role of Charlotte will be sung by Ivana Srbljan.

Director and sets Fabrizio Melano
Set designer’s assistant Carry Lee Hent
Conductor Yordan Kamdzhalov
Costumes Manuela Paladin Šabanović
Lighting design Dalibor Fugošić

Info Info

July 26 (premiere)
July 29 & 31, 2020 at 19

Tickets from 95 €

Language: French
Surtitles in Finnish and English
Duration approx. 3 hrs, incl. one interval

Cast including
Aljaž Farasin, Ivana Srbljan, Domen Križaj, Vanja Zelčić, Giorgio Surian, Robert Kolar, Marko Fortunato

Croatian National Theatre Orchestra
Savonlinna Opera Festival Children’s Choir


Early bird discount
A 10% advance booking reduction will be granted on tickets for all Savonlinna Opera Festival events in the 2020 season. The concession is valid June 14 - September 30, 2019.  

25% off with a Combo Ticket
See and experience more with the new Combo Ticket! When you buy a ticket for one of our own productions (King Roger, Carmen, La traviata and The Barber of Seville), we’ll give you a generous 25% discount for your ticket for a visiting production (Werther, Julius Caesar).

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